BRITISH AIRWAYS CARRY-ON SIZES AND REGULATIONS
Hand baggage allowances
That’s why all of our flights include a generous free hand baggage allowance.
On British Airways
|Passenger||1 x cabin bag||1 x personal bag|
|Infants (under 2)|
Size and weight of your hand baggage
|1 x cabin bag||1 x personal bag|
|56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in) including handles, pockets and wheels.||45cm x 36cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in) including handles, pockets and wheels.|
Where to put your hand baggage on board
Exceeding your allowance
If any of your hand baggage is over the size or weight limit, or you have more hand baggage than your allowance, it will need to be checked in and will count towards your checked baggage allowance. If the additional baggage then takes you over your checked baggage allowance, or if you are travelling on a hand baggage only fare, you will be charged for extra baggage at the airport rate.
There are a number of rules and restrictions covering what you can carry in your hand baggage. See our liquids, banned and restricted items page to learn more.
Checked baggage allowances
You’d be surprised what you can fit in a suitcase when you fly with us. Our with-baggage fares include at least one bag per person of up to 23kg. All you have to do is make sure the zip shuts.
How to work out your allowance
If you already have a booking with us, the easiest way to check is to log into Manage My Booking where your personal allowance has been worked out for you.
Check your allowances in Manage My Booking
Alternatively, for allowances on British Airways flights, refer to the tables below according to your intended class of travel.
Hand baggage only
If you are travelling on a UK Domestic or European short haul flight, to and from London, you can travel light and make a quick getaway with our hand baggage only fares. These don’t include a checked baggage allowance but everything else is covered by the great-value price, including free online check-in, allocated seats, the same generous hand baggage allowance, and refreshments on board. Infants and children on a hand baggage only fare may still check a fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and a car seat.
If your plans change, you can arrange to check in bags for an additional fee.
Check our baggage prices on hand baggage only fares
Bag sizes and bulky items
A checked bag can be up to 90cm x 75cm x 43cm (35.5in x 29.5in x 16in) – including any bits that stick out, like the handle, pockets and wheels.
We have special arrangements for sporting equipment like skis and surfboards and large musical instruments. In many cases these can be carried as part of your free baggage allowance.
Carrying sporting goods and musical instruments
Larger items of up to 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in) can be carried for an additional over-sized bag charge. (Currently, we waive this charge so you do not pay it.)
Any items larger than 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in) require separate shipping as cargo.
How to ship bulky items as cargo